In a heroic move Wednesday after the deadly terror attack on Parliament, a British lawmaker did what he could to save the life of another, despite orders to seek safety.
Instead of thinking of himself, Foreign Office Minister Tobias Ellwood rushed to help save the life of police officer Keith Palmer, who was stabbed during the rampage.
The BBC reported Ellwood attempted mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to save Palmer.
Photos of the scene show a bloodied Ellwood, surrounded by paramedics, applying pressure to the officer’s wounds in the courtyard of Parliament. He reportedly remained with Palmer until an ambulance arrived. Palmer was later confirmed dead.
— BBC News (UK) (@BBCNews) March 22, 2017
Elwood, a former soldier, told The U.K. Telegraph that as soon as he realized what was happening, he headed toward the scene to help.
“I tried to stem the flow of blood and give mouth to mouth while waiting for the medics to arrive but I think he had lost too much blood,” he said, adding that Palmer had multiple wounds under his arm and in his back.
Despite Palmer’s death, Ellwood was hailed a hero for his selfless actions.
In addition to being a member of Prime Minister Theresa May’s cabinet, Ellwood is a Conservative Party member of Parliament, where he’s served since 2010. The BBC reported that Liberal Democrat Party leader Tim Farron said Ellwood gave MPs “a good name.”
“He was utterly heroic, pure and simple,” Farron said. “He went above and beyond and did all he could to save a police officer.”
Others praised Ellwood too:
Huge respect for my friend @Tobias_Ellwood MP who tried to save the stabbed policeman, and staunch blood from multiple stab wounds. In vain.
— Frank Gardner (@FrankRGardner) March 22, 2017
@Tobias_Ellwood Thank you for trying today sir.
— Rhys Hughes (@rhughes_police) March 22, 2017
The U.K. Daily Mirror reported that politicians have called for Ellwood to be knighted for his actions and May said she would consider the suggestion, which isn’t a bad idea.
Ellwood’s attempt to save the life of a man in the midst of chaos deserves to be recognized — he is a hero in every since of the word.
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